I realized one of the reasons I didn’t like blogging/my blog was the lack of control wordpress gave me for a design. I previously used blogspot and I don’t remember why I decided to switch to wordpress. But today I moved back. There will only be old posts right now. But thats okay because I like how it looks! Come see me there! http://gratefulgirlgoesgluten-free.blogspot.com/
Double thumbs up!
Come read my pretty blog!!!
I know I said I was gone for good. But, THIS is something blog worthy.
Let the show start!
I went to Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Night Out in Milwaukee on Thursday night. It was an amazing show, she explained it as a conversation with the audience. It was great, I had a massive freak out that I was only 4 rows away from my idol.
mom said I looked excited
After the show the real fun started. I bought the tickets with the included meet and greet. So my mom and I rushed to the signing room and were 20th in line. The whole time I was freaking out saying “what should I say, I want her to know that she actually means something to me blah blah.” And moms says, “Oh just say whatever comes to your mind no big deal.” Well I must’ve said something right because Bethenny asked to HUG me. I watched as so many people went before me with a quick handshake, picture, signed book and I BAM I get a hug. In addition, to the hug she chatted with me for a good minute when everyone else got probably 15 seconds.
Oh it’s not over. As we were walking out of the signing room her assistant ran over to my mom and I and asked, “Bethenny told me to come get a video of you! Would you mind doing a video for the website? People like you are the reason she does this.” I was still freaking out over hugging her and so I’ll let the video explain for itself.
This is the link to the actual page that I’m on on bettheny.com. I realized yesterday while freaking out seeing myself on BETHENNY FRANKELS WEBSITE, that I am the only video out of all her tour videos that isn’t just Bethenny speaking.
My boyfriend has been having a freak out over this just as much as me, because it makes him face “the secret.” I truly give all the credit of this amazing experience to believing in meeting and having Bethenny know me one day.
I AM STILL ON CLOUD 9!
Because I feel like I have nothing to contribute to the blog world and that blogging is another task that doesn’t need to be added to my to do list, I have decided against it. For now at least. Maybe I’ll post when something REALLY awesome happens. But, right now my life is slow and boring. I don’t have my own kitchen and I have to eat the premade food our chef makes us. And the food is usually not gluten free, so I eat the same boring salads day in and day out (and who wants to see that?!?!). So when I can make awesome recipes and do the thing I love most(cook), I will be back in the blogging business. Maybe I’ll be back Fall ’11 semester when I move in with my best friend and have a kitchen. We’re fun, she’s a journalism major and good at ideas. We’ll see what happens.
Twi-hard Die-hards fo life
You never know with a couple of crazy twi-hards.
And don’t worry I’ll still be reading and enjoying my beloved blogs daily.
We’re making progress people!
Messy vision board, calendar, and shelf set up on the wall! Also I have a place for my books! Nobody would believe what my old room looked like and how crammed it was.
I had a big salad for lunch and snapped a pic with my phone.
I had spinach, broccoli, carrots, balsamic, mustard, cottage cheese, and some chips added to a pre-made mix of iceberg and tomato. It twas noms. The dinner board says grilled chicken, veggies, salad, and cous cous, so good they named it twice (what movie is that from?!). I’d love some wheat filled cous cous 😦 And I would also like ALL the cookies for dessert. It’s really ok, because I have gluten free ginger snaps in my room!
I go 2 days without running and I literally start to feel crazy. So I got my butt down to the basement (so convenient) of our house and hopped on the treadmill for 5.5 miles. I did the first 5 in 43 mins! And finished with walking for 7 minutes to get to 5.5. It felt so gouda.
Maybe I’m posting twice in one day because I don’t want to look at school work?!?! Here is my schedule so you can understand the craziness.
Add in 5 hours of miscellaneous office hours throughout the week as a Greek Intern and thats my CLASS schedule. The meetings I have throughout the week for the student organizations I’m in aren’t even shown. It’s cwazy, but I kinda like it that way.
I’m going to do homework now I swear.
Thank god for the UW Dietetics and Nutrition Club for getting me involved. Going to any one of my student organization meetings after a winter break makes me excited to get back and get involved. But, DNC is above the rest when it comes to getting involved with the community. I signed up for a couple of hours of chopping veggies to deliver to 14 local Elementary Schools in Madison as a fresh snack they receive once a week. I’m also hoping to volunteer with a “Chef in the Classroom” program that teaches kids about nutrition and cooking. There are so many opportunities through DNC, but I felt so overwhelmed with my schedule last semester that I didn’t get very involved at all.
Reppin my new DNC sweatshirt
School is slowly starting to pick up I have a couple of assignments due on Monday and Tuesday for Zoo and Chem. I think my classes shouldn’t be as hard as last semester. I had my first chem lecture yesterday and my professor actually makes sense which gives me lots of hope.
I haven’t taken any pictures of my food due to the girls in the house asking questions. But, I have eaten A LOT since I’ve been back. I call my hunger “snack attacks.” I eat and then 2 hours later I feel like I need something right then and there. Its weid. For breakfast I had spinach tomato eggs with black beans on top. It was delish, but I was hungry literally 1.5 hours later and had some puffins. I don’t know whats going on with me but I kind of like being hungry more, because then I get to eat more!
I swear I’m going to take some pictures. Blogs are BORING without pictures.
In other news I have seen 11:11 the past like 5 nights and it makes me feel lucky!
Halloween 2010. Pickachu, Unicorn, Glee
I’ll leave you with this picture from Halloween. These are my best friends and I haven’t seen them since I’ve been back to Madison which has been 5 days. (If you’re reading Maggie this is a hint.) The weekend has officially started in college terms because it’s Thursday. Too bad I have a full day of class on Friday 😦
Wooo first day back and already a whirlwind of things to do. My love for google calendar is such a benefit to my crazy schedule.
Salad with all the goods
Having fresh salads already prepared is such a plus of living in a sorority house. On the flip side, the sign telling us what is for dinner stating “pasta bar” is a nightmare for me. It makes me miss being able to eat normally, but I’ll make do like I always do.
Oh man, I already have 2 meetings I didn’t know about this week. And I have a ton of reading and homework problems due for monday. It is a lot already, but I don’t feel as stressed as I usually do.
The one thing I wish I would’ve finished before classes started was organizing my new room in the house.
Work in Progress
Bare Walls 😦
As you can see it needs a
little lot of work. I might try to live with it for the week and work on it over the weekend. But, I doubt I will last that long. Messy rooms make me SO unproductive and crazy.
Wish me luck with my first week back of my FOURTH semester of college!
Moving back to Madison is so bittersweet. I’m glad to be back on a schedule. But, on the other hand I like having a kitchen to cook in, endless hours to watch trashy tv, and relaxation. The most bittersweet part is that I have to move back into my sorority. A non-gluten friendly home with lots of loud girls at all hours of the day and night. I might just be moody today, but moving in 2 hours ago just made me not so excited for the new semester.
I’m not even going out tonight. I’m actually printing of my syllabus for chem 104 and getting a head start on my least favorite class. Oh the horror.
On the plus side we had belated family xmas today with lots of good eats like roasted veggies, lamb, and chicken. I didn’t take any pictures because I was enjoying time with my fammy and packing for the move back to madison.
I hope to keep up with blogging this semester!
The one thing that will keep me sane this semester. My best friend Maggie.
My lack of posting might have had something to do with:
- Lots of cuddling and no makeup faces
Lemon Cake Cookies
Lemon Icing and White Chocolate dipped
- Loving the cookie decorating
Loving his christmas present!!!
ONE Yam cut into fries
My crazy idea to make Buttermilk Donuts (Jack's fav and I got 2 thumbs up!)
With all this we both managed to fit in a 4 mile run yesterday. Jack outside (Brrr) and me on the treadmill. We watched trashy tv, cooked insane amounts of food (Ribs weren’t shown, but they were AWESOME), and most importantly RELAXED. It was the best two days ever.
Now I’m off to a leadership retreat tomorrow through Sunday. And I go back to school on Sunday. So these last 2 days were the end of my winter break and I couldn’t imagine having spent them a better way.
Tonight I realized that I couldn’t make tamales do the lack of corn husks. So what is a girl to do?
Make MEATBALLS! I have this weird really intense love for meatballs….don’t judge.
My Favorite way to enjoy meatballs!
I used the gluten free homemakers recipe to a tee other than subbing in ground turkey instead of beef. Thanks for the great recipe GF Homemaker! For my gluten free gravy I used this recipe:
- 1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons minced onion
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- In a medium saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Add mushrooms and onions; cook and stir until tender. Add beef broth; simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine water and cornstarch in a small cup; stir into broth. Cook and stir for 1 minute, or until thickened.
I didn’t have fresh mushrooms on hand so I used a small can. It turned out really well. I was so excited to find a good gluten free gravy recipe!
Backtracking to breakfast, I made a protein pancake with blueberries. It kind of fell apart and looked gross, but it was delish I swear! I did add a little something special to it homemade greek yogurt!
- Plain and Vanilla Greek Yogurt!
Making “greek” yogurt is SO simple and SO much cheaper than buying a whole tub. Before bed last night I took two strainers, lined them with coffee filters, and filled them with Trader Joes Plain European Style yogurt and 365 organic vanilla yogurt. Put the strainer on a bowl where there is room for the liquid to collect. In one night you wake up to delicious, thick greek yogurt! Try it! I can bet you’ll like it!
For lunch I had leftover lentil soup with a few brussel sprouts.
After I digested my meal I hit the treadmill in my basement! I did 5 miles in 44 minutes. After my run I found a yogalaties video on Demand and did 30 minutes. It felt so great to workout after a couple of days of being a complete couch potato!
Now I’m relaxing with mom and princess. Looking forward to a night of HGTV!
Also this guy is coming tomorrow to stay for 2 nights! woohoo!
Stay tuned for my culinary adventures with Jack! He is obsessed with me cooking for him.
To start, I had a blast last night at my friend’s birthday party!
This picture sums up the night 🙂
Anddd the results are in on the banana cream cheesecake…..she LOVED it! She had a bit of a freakout over it actually! I had a couple bites and I have to agree, delicious!
I added spray whip cream in between the banana slices and it looked so pretty! No picture 😦
In general I am much more of a snacker than a 3 meals a day kind of girl. I also don’t snack with big things. I put everything in extremely small bowls. Today I have been snacking ALL day. I blame it on my slight hangover and lack of sleep. I’ve had small bites of the following:
- Mcdonalds oatmeal w/o brown sugar or the dried fruit and apples
- Roasted chicken and potatoes
- 2 tiny bowls of cereal
- 1 failed attempt of a spring roll (inspired by love veggies and yoga)
- a small salad of spinach carrots and tuna
- And now I think I’ve finally satisfied myself with a REALLY fluffy green monster. Too much xanthan gum whoops!
thick and airy
I was also in the cooking mood all day.
I made pumpkin bread in loaf and muffin form. I used a simple Libby’s pumpkin bread kit, because my mom wanted to get rid of it. The only change was instead of using oil I used applesauce. They look and smelled delicious and it was confirmed by my mom that they were! I need to make a gluten free version STAT!
I did do a little gluten free cooking though!
Gluten Free Chex mix! I used the standard chex mix recipe but with gluten free ingredients.
- 4 cups Corn chex
- 4 cups Rice chex
- 1 cup of peanuts
- 1.5 tsp garlic powder
- 1.5 tsp season salt
- 2 tsp worsterchier sauce
- Sprayed with pam or any cooking spray
Bake for an hour at 250 and shake to mix every 20 mins.
Now I’m relaxing with the family and watching the packer game! Go PACK! I’m also sipping this delicious teavana white and samurai chai tea my mom picked up on vacation.
And snuggled up next to me is my Princess!
Dirty, but cute!
I’m planning to make tamales tomorrow to use up the roasted chicken! See you with the results!